Fourteen students from College for Creative Studies are travelling to Africa this December to explore, research and collaborate with artists and designers from Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), as well as professionals from other parts of the country. This experience will provide these emerging artists the chance to consider critical differences in theory and technology between two cultures — to examine art/design in context to its origin and purpose. Ultimately, their understanding of the complexities of Zimbabwe will help to understand the complexities the students face creating art in Detroit.
Previous CCS and CUT student participants have experienced powerful effects on their lives and their work by collaborating on projects and, as a result, experiencing their own shifts in perspective — on artistic practice and on life.
“The Zimbabwe study broad experience impacted my work in ways I did not expect. I wanted my project to signify my journey to Zimbabwe. We decided on our topics before we left and, considering my background as a painter, my topic was the production of paint from natural materials.” Sarah Sandusky, ’17,
Fine Arts Supporting this travel abroad program at CCS will offer students to opportunity to see ‘the bigger picture’ and instill global consciousness,” said Chido Johnson, Fine Arts professor and section chair of Sculpture at the College for Creative Studies. “This is something that can’t be learned sitting inside a classroom; it must be experienced.” The three-week study abroad encourages collaboration between artists of all disciplines from Detroit and Zimbabwe.
For more information, contact Chido Johnson, Fine Arts professor and section chair of Sculpture at the College for Creative Studies at email@example.com